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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

George Gabriel Stokes

In the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey is a bronze roundel by Sir Hamo Thorneycroft to the memory of George Gabriel Stokes, physicist and mathematician. This shows a life-size bust in the round and the inscription reads:


George was born on 13th August 1819 in Skreen, co. Sligo in Ireland, a son of Gabriel and Elizabeth. He was educated in Dublin, Bristol and Cambridge. Like Sir Isaac Newton Stokes became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Member of Parliament for Cambridge University. He was President of the Royal Society from 1885-1890. In 1889 he was created a baronet. Amongst other topics George wrote papers on optics, on the wave theory of light and the science of hydrodynamics. In 1857 he married Mary Susanna Robinson. They had five children but three died young.


13th August 1819


Scientist; mathematician; physicist


North Choir Aisle

Memorial Type


Material Type


George Gabriel Stokes
George Stokes

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

You are surrounded by history at the Abbey, not like a museum where it’s just displayed, but here you are standing where history has happened.

Gerlinde - Abbey Marshal

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